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American Beach in Nassau County, Florida — The American South (South Atlantic)
 

A Dune System Called "NaNa"

 
 
A Dune System Called "NaNa" Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
1. A Dune System Called "NaNa" Marker
Inscription.  NaNa, the tallest dune in Florida, is a protected landmark due largely to the efforts of MaVynne Betsch (January 14, 1935-September 5, 2005), widely known as the "Beach Lady." Betsch, who once performed opera in London, Paris and Germany, returned to American Beach in 1975 as a full-time resident. Here, she used her resources and talents for the preservation of nature, the environment and the African-American community of American Beach. For this 60-foot dune system that she dubbed "NaNa," and the adjoining property to the shoreline, her efforts resulted in acquiring nearly ten acres as a national park now located in the Timucuan Ecological and Historic Preserve. The "Beach Lady" also championed efforts that led to the posting of nesting signs for the protection of sea turtle eggs and encouraged residents to plant wildflowers on vacant lots to stabilize the sand as well as serve as hosts for butterfly nestlings and feedings. MaVynne Betsche, devoted the last 25 years of her life as this historic African-American community's most vocal advocate. Beach Lady is lovingly remembered for her mantra, "Getting the most from the least and living peacefully
A Dune System Called NaNa and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
2. A Dune System Called NaNa and Marker
in harmony with nature is the most rewarding lifestyle."

A Florida Heritage Site

 
Erected 2009 by The American Beach Property Owners Association and the Florida Department of State. (Marker Number F-660.)
 
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: African AmericansEnvironment.
 
Location. 30° 34.388′ N, 81° 26.695′ W. Marker is in American Beach, Florida, in Nassau County. Marker is on Ocean Blvd, on the right when traveling south. Located 400 feet south of Lewis Street. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Fernandina Beach FL 32034, United States of America. Touch for directions.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 5 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. American Beach at the Crossroads (a few steps from this marker); Evans’ Rendezvous (within shouting distance of this marker); Historic American Beach (within shouting distance of this marker); First Home on American Beach (about 600 feet away, measured in a direct line); Ervin’s Rest (about 700 feet away); Martha's Hideaway (approx. ¼ mile away); Franklintown Chapel (approx. half a mile away); Sawpit Bluff Plantation (approx. 4.3 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in American Beach.
 
Also see . . .
1. National Park Service - American Beach - Sand Dune.
A Dune System Called "NaNa" and Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
3. A Dune System Called "NaNa" and Marker
(Submitted on September 18, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.)
2. MaVynee Betsch, from Wikipedia,. known as The Beach Lady, because she spent the better part of her adult life educating the public on the black history and environmental importance of American Beach... on Amelia Island. (Submitted on September 19, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
 
A Dune System Called "NaNa" Marker seen along Ocean Boulevard, looking south image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
4. A Dune System Called "NaNa" Marker seen along Ocean Boulevard, looking south
A Dune System Called "NaNa" Marker northbound on Ocean Boulevard image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, August 12, 2012
5. A Dune System Called "NaNa" Marker northbound on Ocean Boulevard
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on January 26, 2018. It was originally submitted on September 18, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 699 times since then and 106 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5. submitted on September 19, 2012, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.
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